While walking around downtown the other day, I spotted all of these starfish drying in the sun.
The next day I again saw them. This time they were piled up in a basket at the store across the street from where they had been drying. Truthfully, I hate to see this kind of thing. I don't know if starfish are endangered, or even how many of them there are around here. It just seems wrong to me somehow to harvest them in such quantities, just to have something more to sell to the tourists. Although I doubt that they were intentionally harvested. Probably the incidental catch of the fishing nets.
Let me ask you, dear readers. Would you ever buy one of these as a souvenir? If so, what on Earth would you do with it? Hang it from your wall? Put it on your coffee table? Seriously, I would really like to know.